Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


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Breaking news

What’s our role in the search for missing flight MH370?

Many people have been asking CSIRO for our take on the situation, the ocean, the technology being used to find the debris of the plane – so we wanted to let you know how our technology is being used and how we’re assisting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

3D mapping is a 'Pisa' cake for Aussie scientists

Australian researchers have created the first ever interior 3D map of Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa by using a breakthrough mobile laser mapping system.

Magnetic field may shape "blooming" star

A star is "blooming" in the southern sky — and astronomers using a CSIRO telescope are a step closer to knowing why.

Atlas of Living Australia celebrates 40 million milestone

How many amphibians, arthropods or protozoa are living in your backyard? With over 40 million specimen records now available online in one location, you can find out!

Australia's big broadband 'app-ortunity'

Industry experts award A$65,000 in prizes to the nation’s most innovative app ideas.

The science of superannuation

You don't normally think of science and superannuation mixing too often in the laboratory, but a new A$9 million research program between CSIRO and four universities is doing just that.

CSIRO telescope marks 25 years of success

One of the world's most successful astronomy observatories, CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, NSW, turns 25 years of age on 2 September.

Pulsars make a GPS for the cosmos

CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, show that the planet Nibiru doesn’t exist … and prove that the Earth goes around the Sun.

Clear actions for CSIRO from independent report

CSIRO has today released the General Findings Report of the independent investigator, Professor Dennis Pearce AO, who has been examining allegations from current and former staff of workplace bullying and other unreasonable behaviour in the organisation.

Plasma-treated nano filters help purify world water supply

Access to safe drinking water is a step closer to being a reality for those in developing countries, thanks to new research published today in Nature Communications.

The Aboriginal story of Burke and Wills

Few episodes in Australian history have received as much attention as the expedition of explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills.

CSIRO review of issues raised about CSIRO’s interactions with DataTrace

At CSIRO, our scientific and business integrity is at the core of what we do. As we said we would do when allegations about CSIRO's interactions with DataTraceDNA Pty Ltd were raised in the media in April 2013, we have investigated and have the following findings.

CSIRO uses x-ray vision to detect unseen gold

Powerful x-rays can now be used to rapidly and accurately detect gold in ore samples, thanks to a new technique developed by CSIRO – a move that could save Australia’s minerals industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

CSIRO takes charge of Australia’s information overload

CSIRO has announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Harch as chief of its newest research division with a focus on data-driven computational and information sciences.

Marine life spawns sooner as oceans warm

Warming oceans are impacting the breeding patterns and habitat of marine life, effectively re-arranging the broader marine landscape as species adjust to a changing climate, according to a three-year international study published today in Nature Climate Change.

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

Australian soils are losing about 1.6 million tonnes of carbon per year from wind erosion and dust storms affecting agricultural productivity, our economy and carbon accounts, according to new research.

'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns

Australian researchers have developed a food additive for farmed prawns that will mean prawn lovers will have access to more sustainable prawns that still taste great.

Barrier reef corals deliver world first for sunscreen

CSIRO, in partnership with skincare company Larissa Bright Australia, has created the world's first UVA/UVB sunscreen filters which mimic the natural sun protection used by corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate science boost with tropical aerosols profile

The seasonal influence of aerosols on Australia's tropical climate can now be included in climate models following completion of the first long-term study of fine smoke particles generated by burning of the savanna open woodland and grassland.

International partnership to protect us from deadly viruses

Researchers from Australia, Singapore and the US are joining forces, through a A$20 million partnership, to help pre-empt and prepare the world for the next human pandemic.

Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth’s carbon dioxide levels

Rising temperatures, influenced by natural events such as El Niño, have a corresponding increase in the release of carbon dioxide from tropical forest ecosystems, according to a new study out today.

Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols

Australian scientists have identified causes of a rapid warming in the upper subtropical oceans of the Southern Hemisphere.

Research supports a new approach to counting CO2 emissions

Researchers have called for a system of carbon emission assessments that reflect better the true contribution of each emitting nation to the increase in atmospheric CO2 and promote preservation of forests, particularly in tropical regions.

Geoscience enters the cloud to tackle society's biggest challenges

Cloud computing and one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers will form the backbone of a national integrated geoscience data network being developed by CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and AuScope.

Deep-space flashes light up a new face of Nature

CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope has detected brief flashes of radio emission from the distant Universe. Their origin is unknown.

Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

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